If you’re a strawberry picker, the time is now to get your bags ready to harvest this tasty fruit. In California, strawberries can be picked almost all year long. Read on to discover hardworking farms in California that not only offer strawberry picking, but also other family-friendly activities.
Underwood Family Farm
If you are looking for more than strawberry-picking fun, Underwood Family Farm is the place to go. You can go to either Moorpark or Somis. With over 40 years of family fun reviews (and excellent produce), Underwood Family Farm is a fantastic way to spend a day with family.
You do not need a reservation to visit the farm, and the parking is free. You pay $7 for admission on weekdays and $10 on weekends. Underwood Family Farm is open from 9 am to 6 am daily and closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Days.
Here are some additional reasons to visit Underwood Family Farm:
- Free admission for children under two.
- Wagon rides are the best part here
- Free access to the wheelbarrows and wagons
- An animal center and retail center full of fresh farm produce
Los Rios Rancho
Located in Oak Glen, off Oak Glen Road, is Los Rios Rancho, a strawberry picking haven. Although it’s primarily known for its apples, Los Rios Rancho also produces strawberries, raspberries, and pumpkins.
It is a family-friendly place that offers wagon and hayrides, live music, tours, and cider pressing. Contact the ranch via email or phone for admission information.
If you are a newbie in the art of strawberry growing and picking, Tanaka Farms in Irvine, California, is the place to be. The farm is famous for its fresh and juicy strawberries, which you can taste as you tour the farm.
Additionally, you learn about strawberry growing and the techniques that lead to an impressive harvest. The friendly tour guide will lead you through the farm and show you other fruits and veggies grown on the farm.
You get to take home a basket of strawberries when you’re done with the visit. Tanaka Farms is open daily, but their schedule changes on weekends.
Julian Farm and Orchard
Tucked away off Julian Highway, Santa Ysabel is Julian Farm and Orchard. It is a fruit-picking hub that promises fun for the whole family. Typically, you start at the strawberry farm and pick as many strawberries as possible. Then you check into the flower section, which is home to several flower species.
Besides picking strawberries, you can fill your basket with raspberries, blackberries, apples, and pumpkins. Do not forget to take your kids to the petting zoo, which houses chickens, pigs, sheep, donkeys, and more.
Operation resumes in early June and will be open on the weekends between 10 am and 4 pm. Make a reservation and bring your family or friends. Just have fun without any tension.
South Coast Farms
Take advantage of the extensive strawberry picking season by visiting one of the best farms in California–South Coast Farms, situated along Camino Del Avion. It is a family farm and the brainchild of farmer George who started it in 1996.
A visit to the farm will give you incredible sights of ripe strawberries and other fruits and vegetables. Their produce is all-natural, grown with zero pesticides, fungicides, or other farm chemicals. It is an excellent place to be if you follow an organic lifestyle.
The farm is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 10 am and 5 pm. You do not need a reservation for admission to this farm. Follow the farm on social media to keep up with updates and give reviews about its services.
Become a Strawberry Picker This Year
If you’ve never gone to a farm and picked out strawberries, now is the time to change that. You can become a strawberry picker this year by visiting all or one of these farms. Remember to research opening times, admission costs, and how family-friendly each location is. And don’t forget to bring your family and friends along!